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Greek Shipping Minister Says Navies Cutting Houthi Red Sea Attacks 

Houthi rebels in Yemen who had been attacking ships in the Red Sea have increasingly been stymied by navies from a number of countries working together to deter them, Greek Shipping Minister Christos Stylianides said.

The central Greek city of Larissa – not a coastal location – is the home of the headquarters of the European Union’s naval operation in the Red Sea, which is called Aspides, meaning Shield in Greek.

“It is a satisfaction that during the past week we see a notable reduction in the number and intensity of attacks. This is the reality,” Stylianides told the news agency Reuters, on the sidelines of the Posidonia shipping week in Athens.

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“It is another proof that the international community with decisiveness can stop this,” he said, with naval forces from countries including the United States and United Kingdom pummeling Houthi attack sites in Yemen.

The militants – who are backed by Iran – said they were conducting the assaults in solidarity with Palestinians under siege by Israeli forces hunting Hamas terrorists who killed more than 1200 Israelis in October, 2023 raids.

Greece is the world’s largest shipping fleet and some of its vessels, which mostly carry Flags of Convenience from other countries, had become targets. Aspides was set up to prevent the attacks.

Shipping has not seen such politically motivated attacks since World War Two, said Stylianides, a former EU Commissioner, adding that they have caused “tangible repercussions, geopolitically, commercially, legally, environmentally.”

With Greek ships among the targets, he said that, “There is no reluctance to be in the frontline,” he said. “As a country, first in the maritime field, we have to take our responsibilities and our duties.”

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